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Forum: RX - 1st Gen (1999-2003) 03-20-16, 06:52 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 420
Posted By Baetke
They claim they aren't electricians. If they...

They claim they aren't electricians. If they can't diagnose and fix a knock sensor trouble code then they aren't mechanics either. Next they will claim they can't fix a vacuum leak because they...
Forum: RX - 1st Gen (1999-2003) 01-19-16, 04:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,188
Posted By Baetke
Last year I drove a friends RX350 from Phoenix to...

Last year I drove a friends RX350 from Phoenix to Portland ~1300 miles in 3 days. It was a nice roadtrip car for high speed driving on long hauls. It was quieter and smoother than the RX300 of course...
Forum: RX - 1st Gen (1999-2003) 01-17-16, 05:43 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 676
Posted By Baetke
In my experience, it is common practice to put a...

In my experience, it is common practice to put a label on top of the timing belt cover listing the mileage at which the belt was last replaced. This is true whether the work is done at the dealer or...
Forum: RX - 1st Gen (1999-2003) 12-01-15, 04:04 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,643
Posted By Baetke
Did they come with the upper strut mount? If so,...

Did they come with the upper strut mount? If so, that will be interesting to see as the other manufacturers seem to not get that right.
Forum: RX - 1st Gen (1999-2003) 09-28-15, 08:49 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,595
Posted By Baetke
A couple more tricks I have used with success. ...

A couple more tricks I have used with success.
1) put a little valve grind compound on your screwdriver bit to increase the "bite"
2) try tightening, then loosening, then tightening, then...
Forum: RX - 1st Gen (1999-2003) 09-16-15, 09:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,789
Posted By Baetke
These codes all make sense with one-another. The...

These codes all make sense with one-another. The P0300 is a multiple misfire code caused by misfires on cylinder 2 (P0302), cylinder 4(P0304), and cylinder 6(P0306) all located on Bank 2. P1153 is a...
Forum: RX - 1st Gen (1999-2003) 09-16-15, 08:45 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,789
Posted By Baetke
For less $ than the dealer wants to charge you...

For less $ than the dealer wants to charge you for a diagnosis you can buy your own code reader. Keep in mind that the code reader only tells you what type of fault occured and why, not what part to...
Forum: RX - 1st Gen (1999-2003) 07-14-15, 06:30 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,147
Posted By Baetke
Struts are doable by an intermediate to advanced...

Struts are doable by an intermediate to advanced DIY'er with the right tools. The most dangerous part is swapping the spings over since you will need a spring compressor. You will also need a four...
Forum: RX - 1st Gen (1999-2003) 05-14-15, 07:09 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,193
Posted By Baetke
If you google the definition of a "classic" car...

If you google the definition of a "classic" car you will find as many different definitions as there are sanctioning bodies. Here's my definition...

"If you love the car enough to spend more money...
Forum: RX - 1st Gen (1999-2003) 05-06-15, 01:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 527
Posted By Baetke
You could use a turkey baster to extract the...

You could use a turkey baster to extract the fluid from the reservoir and refill but that won't flush the lines, actuator, or pump. If you have a couple of old linoleum tiles and some grease you...
Forum: RX - 1st Gen (1999-2003) 05-06-15, 08:25 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 776
Posted By Baetke
When you try to insert the plastic geared piece...

When you try to insert the plastic geared piece into the body there is a "shoulder" in the lower end of the tube that the plastic part tends to get stuck on and it won't go all the way down to the...
Forum: RX - 1st Gen (1999-2003) 05-06-15, 08:21 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 527
Posted By Baetke
When I did mine I jacked up the front of the car...

When I did mine I jacked up the front of the car so I could turn the wheels back and forth. I disconnected the fluid return line to the power steering reservoir and put a cup under it to catch the...
Forum: RX - 1st Gen (1999-2003) 04-07-15, 05:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 736
Posted By Baetke
2 ideas... 1) salvage yard parts 2) is there...

2 ideas...
1) salvage yard parts
2) is there a Toyota vehicle that uses the same size sunroof?
Forum: RX - 1st Gen (1999-2003) 04-06-15, 05:19 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,050
Posted By Baetke
If anything, I would expect the effect on VVT to...

If anything, I would expect the effect on VVT to be marginal due to a change is actuator response time. Perhaps a small change in power on acceleration and increased emissions on deceleration but I...
Forum: RX - 1st Gen (1999-2003) 04-05-15, 01:55 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,050
Posted By Baetke
Keep in mind that on a VVT engine the oil serves...

Keep in mind that on a VVT engine the oil serves not only as a lubricant for the engine but also as hydraulic fluid for the cam actuators so the viscosity the manufacturer recommends should be...
Forum: RX - 1st Gen (1999-2003) 03-20-15, 02:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 682
Posted By Baetke
I just dropped my engine pan about a week ago. I...

I just dropped my engine pan about a week ago. I have 160K miles since I purchased the car new and have changed the oil and filter every 5K miles with Valvoline conventional oil. As you can see from...
Forum: RX - 1st Gen (1999-2003) 03-07-15, 10:52 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,369
Posted By Baetke
Not at all. If you post a summary of the...

Not at all. If you post a summary of the Lexus->Toyota part numbers for all of the parts you use when you're done it will be a great help to all the other DIY'ers on this forum in the future.

In...
Forum: RX - 1st Gen (1999-2003) 03-06-15, 10:34 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,153
Posted By Baetke
My wife and I have owned 3 Lexus that we...

My wife and I have owned 3 Lexus that we purchased brand new and also count ourselves among those who will never buy another Lexus, not because we don't love the cars, but because we hate getting...
Forum: RX - 1st Gen (1999-2003) 03-05-15, 02:05 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,369
Posted By Baetke
My research (not guaranteed) shows the following...

My research (not guaranteed) shows the following Toyota part numbers are compatible with a 99 RX300.

48603-33021 Front RH Strut Mount
48609-33121 Front LH Strut Mount
90903-63014 Strut...
Forum: RX - 1st Gen (1999-2003) 03-04-15, 02:39 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,369
Posted By Baetke
Try cross-referencing to Highlander parts. I have...

Try cross-referencing to Highlander parts. I have saved 1/2 to 1/3 on other parts I found compatible between the RX and Highlander.
Forum: RX - 1st Gen (1999-2003) 02-27-15, 04:37 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,695
Posted By Baetke
There is another way that oil can get into the...

There is another way that oil can get into the intake that hasn't been discussed yet.

If the PCV valve is stuck shut the pressure that builds up in the crankcase will backup through the breather...
Forum: RX - 1st Gen (1999-2003) 02-18-15, 06:38 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,284
Posted By Baetke
Does your brake pedal get "hard" like you've lost...

Does your brake pedal get "hard" like you've lost your power brakes when the engine is running rough? This happens when the VVT malfunctions and you lose vacuum which is needed for the power brakes....
Forum: RX - 1st Gen (1999-2003) 02-09-15, 03:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,958
Posted By Baetke
I had the same problem when fixing a friends car....

I had the same problem when fixing a friends car. There is a little "shoulder" in there that the plastic bit hits but if you keep rotating and stabbing it in you will eventually feel it go down the...
Forum: RX - 1st Gen (1999-2003) 02-08-15, 06:06 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 717
Posted By Baetke
You might be able to tie a string to a magnet and...

You might be able to tie a string to a magnet and drop it into the spark plug hole to get the socket out.
Forum: RX - 1st Gen (1999-2003) 12-31-14, 07:25 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,238
Posted By Baetke
Congratulations. Thanks for checking back in with...

Congratulations. Thanks for checking back in with your successful results.
Baetke
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